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Touts threaten govt doctors

A government hospital has lodged a police complaint alleging that touts had threatened two of its junior doctors to send pathological samples to private laboratories and not to prescribe generic medicines.

Santosh Roy, the medical superintendent of MR Bangur Hospital, lodged the FIR with Jadavpur police station on December 7 following a complaint filed by a house staff and an intern.

The doctors had mentioned in the complaint that the touts had threatened them with dire consequences if they dared defy their diktat.

The accused named in the FIR are Nathu, Ramu and Buddha. Police sources said all three worked for private diagnostic centres and medicine shops.

MR Bangur Hospital started a 24-hour pathology sample collection centre and a fair price shop for medicines on December 11. The shop sells generic drugs at a rate 54 per cent less than market prices of branded drugs.

“The fair price shop and the sample collection centre will hamper the business of a number of private medicine shops and diagnostic units in the vicinity of the hospital. Apprehending that, the touts had threatened the two junior doctors,” said medical superintendent Roy.

A case of criminal intimidation under IPC section 506 has been started against the accused.

“We are carrying out raids to arrest them,” said a police officer.